After shutting the doors of Darleen’s Taphouse in Busselton as COVID-19 hit, leaseholders Rocky Ridge Brewing have decided not to reopen the not-so-old gal, which only poured its first beer two years ago. Rocky Ridge national sales manager Ricky Watt said they are looking for someone to take over the lease. He added that since the popular Jindong brewer opened a cellar door on Marine Terrace in Busso, Darleen’s had become more of a “nightlife spot” than craft beer venue. “We definitely hold very fond memories of the time holding the lease,” Watt said, “but we know that it’s time to focus our energy on the cellar door, which for all intents and purpose will become our spiritual home.” Funnily enough, the cellar door is Rocky Ridge founder Hamish Coates’ refurbished 1930s-built family home. The brewer, which has recently began a brewing and distributing partnership with Hong Kong’s Gweilo Beer, has also packed up its short-lived bar out of the Vic Hotel in Subiaco, with the owners hunting for a tenant to take over the entire pub. Coates recently told Beer and Brewer magazine that Rocky Ridge would steer clear of hospitality ventures and focus on their core beer and distribution business, including exporting their highly regarded packaged products.